Agnes Baden Powell

Girl Guides Movement

ABOUT AGNES BADEN POWELL

She represents all that is great about guides.

Agnes Smyth Baden-Powell (born 16th December 1858 London – died 2 June 1945) was the younger sister of Robert Baden-Powell, and was most noted for her work in establishing the Girl Guide movement as a female counterpart to her older brother's Scouting Movement. Following the creation of the Boy Scout Association, Robert Baden- Powell organised a gathering of Scouts at the Crystal Palace in London in 1909. Amongst the many thousands of Boy Scouts gathered, there was a small group of girl, dressed in Scout uniforms, who had gatecrashed the event without tickets. When asked, they replied, "We are the Girl Scouts!" Popular opinion at this time was against mixed activities for girls, Agnes agreed to take on the organising of the new sister group, Girl Guides. Agnes Baden-Powell's character was useful in counteracting negative opinions of the new Girl Guides. A friend wrote of her: “Anyone who had come into touch with her gentle influence, her interest in all womanly arts, and her love of birds, insects, and flowers, would scoff at the idea of her being the president of a sort of Amazon Cadet Corps. By April 1910 there were 6,000 young girls registered as Girl Guides. Agnes wrote the Guides 'The Handbook for the Girl Guides or How Girls Can Help to Build Up the Empire’, in 1912. The Girl Guide movement was given official recognition in 1915. In 1917 Agnes resigned from the presidency in favour of Princess Mary, who was also a keen supporter of the Girl Guides, and Agnes became Vice-President. Agnes continued as Vice-President until her death.
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